Stealth Biotech Rally With Momentum Rising

Biotech Momentum is Rising: M&A and Regulatory Milestones Spark Biotech Rally

Biotechs stocks continued on their slow but steady upward course headed toward August highs in the case of the IBB and breaking out with the smaller cap weighted XBI. Through the fog of the large cap “noise” and macro/FED “flak” there are strong moves among smaller caps that are included in the XBI that has catapulted this ETF to gains of 9.15% over one month and 10.22% over five days. Our model is on track for more biotech gains by year-end. The big moves in many small cap stocks make us feel way too conservative with trades and our portfolio picks. For example over the past month we missed AgiosPharmaceuticals (AGIO) up 24.9%, Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA) up 25%, Clovis Oncology (CLVS) up 101.9%, CoLucid Pharmaceuticals (CLCD) up 298%, Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) up 117% and even well known mid-cap Seattle Genetics (SGEN) up 20.74%. Today Allergan (AGN) announced the acquisition of Tobira Therapeutics (TBRA) in a $1.7B deal  and the stock was up 720% today!

We did pick bluebird bio, Inc. (BLUE) for the Rayno Portfolio and own Medivation (MDVN) and Puma Biotechnology (PBYI) among the recent MO plays. We also own several small caps that we hope to share the names if they meet our trading criteria.

Our portfolio strategy for 2016 has been to pick large cap growth stocks with dividends such as ABBV, GILD, RHHBY and selected speculative plays in emerging technology areas such as pharmaco-genomics Foundation Medicine (FMI) and gene therapy bluebird bio (BLUE). We added IBB near the Brexit bottom in July at $250 for sector overweighting. IBB resistance is $300 and support is at $280. We also added Amgen (AMGN) as a value/dividend play in the $172 range.

Stay with core positions in large caps and ETFs. Traders appear to have a number of upside possibilities as biotech stocks are hot.

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Chee Hin Teh 4 years ago Member's comment

Thanks for sharing